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McCarty resigns as MHS principal

By Bryan Richardson

Manhattan High School Principal Terry McCarty will leave that position at the end of the school year.

McCarty, who announced his resignation to faculty Wednesday afternoon, said Thursday that he’s resigning to pursue his goal of being a school superintendent. “For me, it’s a personal decision about my professional ambition,” he said.

McCarty has 20 years of principal experience including the last 10 years as the MHS principal. Since the summer of 2006, he has done coursework at Kansas State to get his doctorate degree and nears spring completion of that process.

“It’s rewarding,” he said. “I know I still have work to do, but I know the ending is in sight.”

McCarty said the timing feels right on multiple levels, mentioning the completion of the MHS construction and renovation project, and continued academic excellence.

McCarty said he will miss the Manhattan community’s love of education, but he feels his work at the high school is done. “I’m excited about the opportunity to take those expectations somewhere else,” he said.

McCarty said he has spoken with Supt. Bob Shannon many times about his career ambitions. “He’s extremely supportive and helpful in this,” he said.

Shannon said in a statement that he appreciated McCarty’s 16-year tenure as an MHS administrator, including six years as an assistant principal in addition to the decade as principal.

“Terry’s commitment to student learning and each student’s success in their high school experience has been a great asset to Manhattan High School,” Shannon said. “I have enjoyed working with Terry as both his supervisor and colleague throughout the past 8 years and wish him the very best in his next professional position in school administration.”

The superintendent said details are yet to be determined on the search for a new principal, but it is his desire to have one hired by early March. McCarty’s contract expires June 30.

Any resignation has to be officially accepted by the USD 383 school board. The next school board meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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